CyberOptics Corporation has announced that its founder and Chairman Steven K. Case, Ph.D. was killed in a plane crash when his small aircraft crashed on landing at a suburban Minneapolis airport. Mr. Case founded CyberOptics in 1984, while working as a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and was appointed company chairman in 1995.
Commenting on the news, CEO Kathleen P. Iverson said, “He was a brilliant engineer, whose many inventions and technological breakthroughs not only established the foundation for CyberOptics’ success, but also helped transform the surface mount electronics industry. Most importantly, Steve was a wonderful friend and colleague to everyone who worked with him. He established a strong and capable management team, and we will do what Steve would want and that is to continue aggressively pursuing the ideas and promising opportunities he helped set in motion.”